Rep. Matt Salmon is retiring from office.  Salmon announced Thursday that he would not seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives in 2016.  Salmon released the following statement:

“When I returned to the House of Representatives in 2013, the President’s disastrous policies were putting our nation at risk, both at home and abroad.  Over the past three years, I’ve worked to curtail the largest expansion of peacetime spending in America’s history by working with members from both sides of the aisle. This is something to be proud of.

“But the most important job I have is that of husband and father, and over the years I’ve missed far too many opportunities to spend time with my family. I truly believe that they should come first in my life, and after much soul-searching I’ve decided against running for reelection. 

“I give you my word, won’t be stopping my fight for our nation’s future, but I will be continuing it as a constituent in the Valley of the Sun. It has been an honor serving the constituents of Arizona’s Fifth District and I look forward to seeing you back home in Arizona.”

Kris Dugan